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Sabbatical Support

The MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes invites international academics to apply for sabbatical funding to spend two to six months at the University of Bremen hosted by a research group member of MAPEX. For a successful application, a strong connection of the project to current topics within the MAPEX research landscape is essential. It is the declared aim of this funding scheme to establish and foster new international cooperation beneficial to the MAPEX community. Incoming researchers can receive travel and subsistence support.


Proposals can be submitted at any time.


The grants are eligible to staff members of universities or non-profit research institutions of any country outside of Germany. Any MAPEX member can act as a host.


Funding is available for activities lasting between two and six months.
The grants include:


  1. a contribution to the travel costs for a return trip along the least expensive route and up to maximum rates set in accordance to the DAAD “Reisekostenpauschalen”;
  2. a flat-rate allowance for subsistence expenses of 500 € per week;
  3. additional support for accompanying family members is possible, provided that they spend in Bremen at least 75 % of the total fellowship duration time. Please contact Hanna Lührs for additional information.

After their research stay, the candidates must provide a short written report (3 to 5 A4 pages) to the MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes. During their stay in Bremen, they are asked to provide a short paragraph and a picture for the MAPEX website.

Mandatory is a contribution to the MAPEX Graduate Program (lectures, seminar talks) to be agreed at the proposal stage with the purposed host.


It is recommended to already contact MAPEX in the planning stage of the proposal in order to discuss the availability of funding. Applications need to be submitted in electronic form (see below) to the MAPEX executive committee, represented by its Scientific Manager, Dr. Hanna Lührs, no later than three months before the envisaged start of the research stay.

A commission appointed by the MAPEX executive committee will decide whether to fund the proposal or not, depending on the scientific qualification of the candidate, the quality of the proposed project and availability of funding. It is expected that two proposals can be funded in 2016 and 2017.

The result of the proposal assessment and the amount of granted funds will be communicated to the applicant and the MAPEX hosting group within one month from the proposal receipt.


Please create a single PDF document comprising the following documents:

  1. Text of the proposal not exceeding four A4 pages. Describe how the sabbatical research stay will benefit your own group, the group of your host, and the entire MAPEX community. Please include information about the envisaged contribution to the Graduate Program.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages).
  3. List of publications.
  4. Invitation from host, including a statement confirming that the facilities as well as the workspace needed to realize the proposed project will be available from the start and for the entire period of the envisaged stay.
  5. A signed declaration that
    a. The candidate agrees to adhere to the standard rules of good scientific practice, as set for instance by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
    b. In case of publication of results obtained during the research stay, funding through the MAPEX research grant will be explicitly acknowledged.


Only the applications which comply with the formal rules will be considered for funding.




    MAPEX Science Management

    Hanna Lührs
    ECO5 3.36
    Phone: +49-421-218-64580
    E-Mail: MAPEX

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